Education Entrepreneurs Community Leader Spotlight: Lida Tsene of Athens, Greece

43CB7BFA-8673-46FD-8144-C09281B64EAAName: Lida Tsene

Location: Athens, Greece

Role in Education Entrepreneurs: Organizer and Facilitator of Startup Weekend Education

How would you describe yourself in one sentence?

I like to create and share stories, organize interesting events, and participate in impactful communities.

Twitter Handle: @lidatsene

Favorite person or hashtag to follow on Twitter : @brainpicker

What do you do for work? 

I’m the Director of Communications, Arts, & Educational Programs, and the Founder of Comicdom Press at Athens Comics Library. Essentially, I am a communications specialist, applying my science to different fields (academia, events, entrepreneurship, education, arts, etc). You can learn more here.

What do you like to do for fun? 

I read comics, practice ballet, and experiment with creating things with my hands.

If you could have any teacher (dead or alive, real or fictional) who would it be and why?

161e6ada3df18a34a9f9e1834d364049Professor X from X-Men. He is a true leader that guides his students, respects their different personalities, and inspires and motivates them to explore and seek knowledge through various paths.

How did you discover Education Entrepreneurs?

Being a member of the Startup Weekend community, I read about it on UP Global’s webpage.

What’s been your involvement in Education Entrepreneurs to date?

I  co-organized the first Startup Weekend Education event in Greece in 2014, and I am a Global Facilitator.

What’s the most challenging thing about being an Organizer and Facilitator?Sometimes it’s challenging to convince teams – especially educators- to have faith in their ideas and not give up during the weekend.

What’s the most rewarding thing about being an Organizer and Facilitator?

Seeing complete strangers not only transform into your co-workers over the weekend, but also become long-time partners and friends.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you’d give to those trying to build an education innovation community?

Try to work as much as you can with educators, as they are the key to unlock innovation inside and outside of classrooms. Provide them with as many resources as possible, listen to their needs, and build networks to foster collaboration between them and other creative people.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you’d give to people trying to create edtech products?

Understand the needs of students and educators, use crowdsourcing for new ideas, validate your product, and hack education as we know it today.

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What’s the legacy you’d like to leave in education?

Long-term, I’d like to contribute to making the learning process an open, innovative, and collaborative adventure. Short-term, I’d like to teach others how they can use comics as an educational tool in every classroom and library.

What’s your favorite edtech company and/or innovative school, and why?

I will go with a classic choice: Khan Academy. It was a brilliant idea that gave everyone access to knowledge. It’s technology in the service of education, and it’s a company that truly lives by its motto, “You can learn anything!”

Finish the sentence: In my dream world, education would be…

…as creative as a comic book story.

What are the resources that you think anyone interested in innovating in education and/or building community should check out?:

Anything else you’d like to share?

Keep calm and continue to innovate and disrupt education!

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More about Education Entrepreneurs

Education Entrepreneurs is the largest initiative in the world focused on helping people use entrepreneurship to improve education. Its suite of offerings include Startup Weekend Education, Startup Digest Education, Workshops, online resources, and a global network of Community Leaders. Spanning six continents, Education Entrepreneurs has created an unprecedented opportunity for anyone, anywhere to shape the future of education.




Celebrating a Worldwide Community – The Impact of UP Global in 2014

 

In 2014, our community made entrepreneurship a true reality for people around the world. They brought programs to people in 600 cities, 120 countries, and 6 continents to be exact!

Our 2014 Impact Report provides a look into the work of our community and highlights the numbers and stories from around the globe that made this year special.

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In this report

  • View the growing numbers of our powerful community
  • Relive the UP Global Summit in Las Vegas
  • Read how entrepreneurship is thriving in Syria
  • Learn how Community Leaders are providing everyone access to Startup Weekend
  • See our programs’ latest numbers – including funding raised by Startup Next alumni
  • View the incredible number of Startup Weekend events in 2014
  • Check out how Startup Week rocked it’s first year
  • Read the White Paper we created with Google to foster thriving startup ecosystems

This report is dedicated to the hard work and passion of the Community Leaders who are committed to supporting, building, and sustaining entrepreneurship in their own backyards. They are the leaders of the entrepreneurial movement and the basis of the world’s largest network of innovators. Congratulations to our family of Community Leaders on another awesome year! Thank you for all you do!

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Week 3 of Editions Month 2015

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We’re halfway through Editions Month and things are starting to heat up! This weekend is a busy weekend through out the world with events happening in 10 different countries, focusing on 11 different Editions! Check out some of the cool things happening this weekend:

B2B – New York City, USA

Big Data – Torun, Poland

Social Impact – Teresina, Brazil

EDU – Toowoomba, Australia

EDU – Recife, Brazil

EDU – Somiedo, Spain

EDU – Sacramento, USA

Health & Medical Technology – Bothell, USA

Health & Fitness – Chicago, USA

IoT – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mobile – Sofia, Bulgaria

Neuroscience – Tehran, Iran

Startup Girl (ages 11-18) – Seattle, USA

UNI – Masjedsoleyman, Iran

UNI – Juliaca, Peru

Wine, Gastronomy & Tourism – Bordeaux, France

 

 




Editions Month Spotlight: Recife Education

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Startup Weekend EDU events are made specially for teachers, designers, techies, parents, entrepreneurs, students, and anyone who wants to contribute their ideas and skills to improve education. These events are a popular edition of Startup Weekend all year long, but also during Editions Month, as it’s the 3rd most popular theme during our month-long initiative! Education Entrepreneurs focuses on this mission of leveraging entrepreneurship to shape the future of education.

Recife, Brazil is spending their next Startup Weekend event focusing on education and tackling issues and ideas associated with it. Find out more about their efforts in the questions below and by watching their Editions Month story:

Organizing team members:
Raoni Valadares
Luiza Barbalho
Jorge Wanderley
Edson Luiz
Flora Lins
Tâmara Xavier

What are you most excited about for your upcoming event?

We are excited to see how the attendees can solve our education problems. We have so many things to change in our education system, that gives us a huge space to create new ideas. Also, the mix of professionals is a great way to do this and think outside the box.

What makes this Edition interesting?

We have a lot of problems with education in Brazil and we can’t just wait for the solutions, we need to create them ourselves. So we see the event as a great opportunity for this. By nature, our region has people with valuable skills that want to help others. We want to bring these people to Startup Weekend, so they can join the team spirit and know that they can solve a problem if everybody believes in it and does their part.

It’s also more than this one event, we are promoting bootcamps in universities and we are showing to the students and professors a new way to solve the education problems. All the actions that we are doing will make a great impact in the future, and we are showing others that they, too, can make a huge impact even with small steps.

What motivates Startup Weekend Recife: EDU?

Part of the world problems are created by people, and part of the solutions are, too. We are trying to show this to participants and encouraging them to be part of the solution. In all editions of Startup Weekend in our city, we learn this: get out of the box and do something, don’t wait for it.

Check out the team’s story about this event!

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Education Entrepreneurs Community Leader Spotlight: Aurelio Jiménez Romero

foto_aurelioOne-line bio: I’m an engineer with experience in entrepreneurship and social development. For me, education is the answer.  2+2= 4. That’s why I’m in education entrepreneurship

Find me in…Madrid, Spain

Find me on…Twitter @ajimenezromero

Favorite Twitter Hashtag: #edtech

What’s your day job?

Director of Development at INCYDE Foundation and Partner at Klass Data. I do my best to help entrepreneurs and the Spanish entrepreneurial community.

What do you like to do for fun?

Open air activities, shared with my wife, daughters, or friends, if possible.

If you could have any teacher (dead or alive, real or fictional) who would it be and why?

My grandfather was a teacher in a rural area, with boys of all ages in the only classroom they have. He died many years before I was born, but I was told he was a great vocational teacher.

How did you discover Education Entrepreneurs?

I had previous experience working with Startup Weekend. One day somebody told me about organizing one in Madrid specific for education.

What’s been your involvement in Education Entrepreneurs to date?

I’m the Lead Organizer of Startup Weekend Education Madrid, and in a few weeks I’ll Facilitate the first SWEDU in Somiedo, Spain. (Join us!) I’m also curator at Startup Digest Education.

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What’s the most challenging thing about being an Organizer?

You have the pressure to generate the atmosphere that unchains the participants’ creativity

What’s the most rewarding thing about being an Organizer?

The increasing energy and good vibes you feel during the 54 hours.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you’d give to those trying to build an education innovation community?

Work slow but steady, be inclusive and open and share as much as you can.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you’d give to people trying to create edtech products?

Edtech products must serve teachers and students — not the other way around. Solve a real problem as easily as possible, don’t look for the “wow!”

What’s the legacy you’d like to leave in education?

I just want to do my bit to help the education innovation community growth.

What’s your favorite edtech company and/or innovative school, and why?

I’ve been thinking about this question for a while, but I’ve been unable to choose one single company or school, honestly. There are so many people doing good things!

Finish the sentence: In my dream world, education would ____

…be free and affordable to every child.

What are the books, events, videos, etc. that you think anyone interested in innovating in education and/or building community should check out?

Edupreneurs and innovators in education are organizing meetups that really worth it. Obviously, Startup Weekend Education is a must.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Many edtech startups come out of the American or European education system. However, the developing world has the greatest unmet need. With large school-age populations, innovation should focus on making education accessible to every child.


More about Education Entrepreneurs

Education Entrepreneurs is the largest initiative in the world focused on helping people use entrepreneurship to improve education. Its suite of offerings include Startup Weekend Education, Startup Digest Education, Workshops, online resources, and a global network of Community Leaders. Spanning six continents, Education Entrepreneurs has created an unprecedented opportunity for anyone, anywhere to shape the future of education.





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